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A cost-based optimization of a fiberboard pressing plant using Monte-Carlo simulation (a reliability program)

Giani, Monardo (2009) A cost-based optimization of a fiberboard pressing plant using Monte-Carlo simulation (a reliability program). Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

In this research the reliability and availability of fiberboard pressing plant is assessed and a cost-based optimization of the system using the Monte- Carlo simulation method is performed. The woodchip and pulp or engineered wood industry in Australia and around the world is a lucrative industry. One such industry is hardboard. The pressing system is the main system, as it converts the wet pulp to fiberboard. The assessment identified the pressing system has the highest downtime throughout the plant plus it represents the bottleneck in the process. A survey in the late nineties revealed there are over one thousand plants around the world, with the pressing system being a common system among these plants. No work has been done to assess or estimate the reliability of such a pressing system; therefore this assessment can be used for assessing any plant of this type.

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ID Code: 30417
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Ma, Lin& Chattopadhyay, Gopinath
Keywords: hardboard, fiberboard, pressing system, reliability, availability, monte-carlo simulation
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 12 Feb 2010 14:45
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2011 05:55

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